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When Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins gave an emotional statement on Dec. 15, 2014, explaining why he wore a t-shirt with the names Tamir Rice and John Crawford III — two young black males who had recently been gunned down by police in Ohio — to a pre-game warmup, he said that “a call for justice shouldn’t offend or disrespect anybody. A call for justice shouldn’t warrant an apology.”
Nearly two years later on Aug. 26, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem during a preseason game; he later explained that it was his way of drawing attention to police brutality and racial injustice in the country.
Since then, at least 13 other NFL players and one women’s professional soccer player have expressed some form of protest during the national anthem, either by taking a knee or sitting down altogether. Others have even taken to raising their fists in what appears to be a tribute to John Carlos and Tommie Smith’s Black Power salute during a track and field medal ceremony during the 1968 Summer Olympics.
In an interview with BuzzFeed News, Hawkins spoke about his own experience protesting within the NFL, the weight of Kaepernick’s decision, and a professional athlete’s place in conversations about injustice.
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“I think what Colin did was super courageous. There’s never been a protest that was 100 percent accepted,” Hawkins said. “I have that much more respect for Colin and appreciate what he’s going for, having gone through that myself.”
Hawkins’ decision to wear the shirt drawing attention to Rice and Crawford III — 12- and 22-year-old black males fatally shot down by police within three months of each other in Ohio that year — sparked its fair share of controversy within the community.
The day after he wore the shirt, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Jeffrey Follmer railed against Hawkins: The union head called his shirt “pathetic,” argued that the shooting of Rice by rookie cop Timothy Loehmann was justified, and demanded that Hawkins apologize for his action. Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams responded to the controversy on Dec. 16, saying that an apology was unnecessary.
Hawkins seemed largely unfazed by the responses to his t-shirt, though he did admit in his 2014 statement that the risk initially scared him.
“You’re not doing it for people to love you,” he told BuzzFeed News. “You do it for people who are indifferent or maybe unaware, who might feel it’s a shame about what’s going on.”
He also acknowledged that despite the backlash he faced in 2014, Kaepernick potentially had more to lose when he staged his protest.
“Colin is a household name. Him doing it is a big deal,” he said. “Mine was a blip on the radar.”
Shortly after his refusal to stand for the anthem, Kaepernick and Hawkins were connected through mutual friends and have exchanged a few text messages. Hawkins did not elaborate on the nature of their conversation but said that despite his experience having taken a similar stance on the same issue, the 49ers quarterback had not come to him for guidance.
“This was well thought out, not something he came across,” Hawkins said. “He didn’t ask me for advice."
Nonetheless, Hawkins said that professional athletes should not be expected to assume the role of advocates for social change, especially since the reputations they create by taking such actions are virtually unshakeable, no matter how much time passes.
“Everybody has a fire that burns different,” he said. “You can’t pressure somebody to do something like that until they’re ready.”
But for Hawkins, his moment of protest will continue to stand out as a major highlight during his time in the NFL.
“Being able to use my platform for that was the proudest moment in my career,” he said. “I’m sure Colin will be able to say the same [about his].”
“The guy is drunk, but there he goes!”
On Monday, the San Francisco 49ers kicked off their season at home by handily beating the Los Angeles Rams 28-0.
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Harlan breathlessly announced that "some goofball" had run onto the field. "Now he's taking off his shirt!" he said.
Former Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch shared his thoughts on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s national anthem protest on Conan O’Brien's show on Tuesday.
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“With what’s going on, I’d rather see him take a knee than stand up, put his hands up, and get murdered,” Lynch said.
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Kaepernick made headlines on Aug. 26 when he did not stand as the anthem played before a game. He later explained that he wanted to shed light on the deeply rooted issue of police brutality and racial discrimination across the country.
Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid kneel during the national anthem on Sept. 12.
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Despite heavy criticism, the protest has gained a nationwide support from professional and amateur athletes of various sports who are sitting, kneeling, or raising their fists in the air while the song plays.
Before he retired in February, Lynch was known for being decidedly tight-lipped with the media — he once said during a press conference that he was only there so he “won’t get fined” — but the Oakland, California, native said Tuesday that Kaepernick’s protest was a necessary starting point for a larger conversation.
“My take on it is: *****s gotta start somewhere, and if that was the starting point, I just hope people open up they eyes to see that it’s really a problem going on, and something needs to be done for it to stop,” he said.
“And if you’re not racist, then you won’t see what he’s doing as a threat to America, but just addressing the problem that we have,” he added.
Lynch's comments came the day after Tulsa police released a video of an officer fatally shooting Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, and the same day police in Charlotte shot and killed a black man they said was armed.
On Wednesday, the St. Louis Dispatch released a video capturing the moment an officer fatally shot a black man in 2011. Prosecutors have said that the cop can be heard saying that he was "going to kill this motherfucker" during the pursuit.
Fernandez pitching at Marlins Stadium on Tuesday.
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Miami Marlins pitcher José Fernández was found dead Sunday in a boating accident, the US Coast Guard announced. He was 24 years old.
"The Miami Marlins organization is devastated by the tragic loss of José Fernández," the team said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time."
US Coast Guard workers in Miami found the pitcher's body and those of two others in overturned boat early Sunday morning, according to a statement.
"A boat crew from Coast Guard Station Miami was heading out on a law enforcement patrol at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday when they passed a jetty along Government Cut and discovered an overturned 32-foot center console boat on the jetty with three deceased aboard," officials said in a statement.
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Chief Todd Garofalo told local station WSVN the boat was found up against jetties.
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“They did do an initial search and they found three victims — two on top of the water, one underneath the boat and they had unfortunately passed away," he said.
It was later determined the boat was traveling at full speed when it encountered the jetty. None of the individuals on the boat were wearing life vests. Fernández' friends Eduardo Rivero, 26, and Emilio Jesus Macias, 27, both from Miami-Dade County, were also killed in the crash.
Miami-Dade police officers responded to the scene, as did personnel with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which is investigating the cause of the accident.
Born July 31, 1992, in Santa Clara, Cuba, Fernández moved to the US in 2008, attending high school in Tampa, Florida.
He made his Major League Baseball debut in 2013, winning the National League Rookie of the Year award.
A two-time All-Star, he lead baseball with a 12.49 strike out per 9 ratio, with a total of 253 strike outs this year. He also lead the National League with a 2.29 in Fielding Independent Pitching.
The Marlins team held an emotional press conference after learning of the loss.
Marlins president David Samson said Fernández "got caught three times trying to come to this country to play baseball" but never gave up because of his passion and love for the game.
Fellow Marlins player Mike Dunn held up his late teammate's jersey as Marlins manager Don Mattingly choked up describing Fernández and his love for the game.
"I see such a little boy in him...there was just joy with him in the way he played," Mattingly said. "When he pitched...when you watched kids play little league that is the joy that Jose played with and the passion he felt about playing. That is what I think about. "
Marlins infielder Martin Prado said the last game Fernández pitched against the Nationals was his best game ever and "now he's gone and it's hard."
Fernández became a US citizen last year and was presented with a US flag that had flown over Marlins Stadium by his team. "This is a dream that I've had since I was little, and actually achieving it is really amazing," he said at the time. "Having my family here and so much support from this amazing country, it's really fantastic."
Just this week, he posted an Instagram photo celebrating that he was going to become a father with a woman whom he did not name.
"Im so glad you came into my life," he wrote. "I'm ready for where this journey is gonna take us together. #familyfirst"
"We are stunned and devastated," Major League Baseball officials wrote on Twitter of the player's death.
Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr. said all of baseball was shocked and saddened by the passing of Fernández.
"He was one of our game's great young stars who made a dramatic impact on and off the field since his debut in 2013," he said in a statement. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, the Miami Marlins organization, and all of the people he touched in his life."
Both current and retired MLB players paid tribute to Fernández social media:
Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves at Marlins Stadium has been canceled, the Marlins said in their statement.
Ben King and Claudia Rosenbaum contributed to this report.
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Arnold Palmer, considered one of the greatest golfers ever, has died at age 87.
The US Golf Association announced his death Sunday evening. He died at a hospital in Pittsburgh, the Post-Gazette reported, where he had been undergoing heart tests since Thursday.
Known as The King, Palmer was one of the most successful golfers on the course and also achieved status as a beloved household name. After he won the Masters four times, the Associated Press named him Athlete of the Decade for the 1960s. As his fame in the sport grew, so did a variety of business and philanthropic ventures.
In all, he earned 92 championships in professional competition, 62 of which came in the US PGA Tour.
Palmer was introduced to golf at the age of 4 by his father, who worked at the Latrobe Country Club in Pennsylvania. Palmer was born in 1929 in the small industrial town of Latrobe, and he continued to live there until his death. In 1971, he became sole owner of the country club where he first learned to play, and he also served as its president.
Palmer also had part-ownership of the famed Pebble Beach course in California as well as the Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, which hosts an invitational in his name. Through his design business, his reach was even wider: His official biography estimates Palmer was involved with the design of 300 courses around the world.
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Palmer's rise to fame coincided with the growth of golf in the US. His charismatic personality endeared him to fans around the country who watched golf on television.
In 2004, he earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President George W. Bush. President Obama in 2009 signed Palmer's Congressional Gold Medal.
Obama responded to Palmer's death saying he was "the American Dream come to life."
"With his homemade swing and homespun charm, Arnold Palmer had swagger before we had a name for it. From a humble start working at the local club in his beloved Latrobe, Pennsylvania, to superstardom as the face of golf around the globe, Arnold was the American Dream come to life," Obama said in a statement Monday.
After learning of Palmer's death on Sunday, Jack Nicklaus, one of the few golfers with more wins than Palmer, described his sometime rival as an icon and a very close friend.
"He was a legend," Nicklaus wrote. "Arnold was someone who was a pioneer in his sport. He took the game from one level to a higher level, virtually by himself. Along the way, he had millions of adoring fans — Barbara [Nicklaus's wife] and I among them."
"Arnold’s legacy is that people followed him, people adored him,” Nicklaus told the Golf Channel in 2014. “He was probably the most popular person to ever play the game."
Tiger Woods said he could not imagine the game of golf without Palmer's influence.
"Thanks Arnold for your friendship, counsel, and a lot of laughs," he tweeted. "Your philanthropy and humility are part of your legend."
Palmer married Winifred Waltzer in 1954, and she died of cancer in 1999. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Gawthrop, whom he married in 2005, as well as three siblings, two daughters, six grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Dee Gordon broke into tears after rounding the bases as he wore No. 16 in honor of teammate José Fernández, who died Sunday in a boating accident.
The Miami Marlins on Monday paid tribute to José Fernández, the star Cuban American pitcher who was killed Sunday in a boating accident.
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The Marlins announced they would retire No. 16, Fernández's number, and for Monday's game against the New York Mets, his teammates wore Fernández jerseys.
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Serena Williams posted a powerful note on her Facebook page on Tuesday night, stating she will not remain silent about police killings of black men.
Williams posted the note after taking a drive with her 18-year-old nephew. In the post, she said she spotted a police officer on the side of the road as they drove past and instantly felt fear.
Facebook / Serena Williams / Via Facebook: SerenaWilliamsToday I asked my 18 year old nephew (to be clear he's black) to drive me to my meetings so I can work on my phone #safteyfirst. In the distance I saw cop on the side of the road. I quickly checked to see if he was obliging by the speed limit. Than I remembered that horrible video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend. All of this went through my mind in a matter of seconds. I even regretted not driving myself. I would never forgive myself if something happened to my nephew. He's so innocent. So were all "the others"
I am a total believer that not "everyone" is bad It is just the ones that are ignorant, afraid, uneducated, and insensitive that is affecting millions and millions of lives.
Why did I have to think about this in 2016? Have we not gone through enough, opened so many doors, impacted billions of lives? But I realized we must stride on- for it's not how far we have come but how much further still we have to go.
I than wondered than have I spoken up? I had to take a look at me. What about my nephews? What if I have a son and what about my daughters? As Dr. Martin Luther King said "There comes a time when silence is betrayal".
Williams' post has been shared more than 16,000 times, with thousands of people commenting in support.
Williams has been an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. In July she raised her fist, in a move reminiscent of John Carlos's black power salute at the 1968 Olympics, when she won Wimbledon for the seventh time.
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And in 2015, she wrote in Wired magazine: “I’m a black woman, and I am in a sport that wasn’t really meant for black people. So to those of you involved in equality movements like Black Lives Matter, I say this: Keep it up. Don’t let those trolls stop you. ... To other people, I say: When someone’s harassing someone else, speak up!”
Scully gave the play-by-play of his last game for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.
Vin Scully, the voice of the L.A. Dodgers, announced the last baseball game of a 67-season career on Sunday.
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Fans from both the Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants showed their appreciation for Scully, 88, and his legendary career at the game in San Francisco.
Scully joined the Dodgers in 1950, back when the team was still based in Brooklyn. After moving with the team in 1958, his voice became synonymous with Los Angeles over TV and radio airwaves for generations of fans.
His 67 seasons with the Dodgers are the longest of any sportscaster to stay with a team. Earlier this year, the road leading into Dodger Stadium was renamed Vin Scully Avenue.
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Scully, known for his warmth and humility, marked the occasion by paraphrasing Dr. Seuss: "Don't be sad it's over, smile because it happened."
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Sport's highest court has cut tennis player Maria Sharapova's two-year doping ban to 15 months.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport handed down the decision Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.
The Russian tennis star will be able to return to competition in April, just before the start of the French Open.
Sharapova posted on a statement on her Facebook page, where she said winning the appeal was "one of my happiest days."
Sharapova was banned in May for testing positive for meldonium, a World Anti-Doping Agency-banned substance, following a Jan. 26 urine test. Sharapova admitted to the ITF and to the press in March that she had used the substance.
Sharapova said she had been taking a medicine known to her as mildronate, which she said she did not know is also called meldonium, for 10 years, and that the WADA had only added meldonium to the list of banned substances starting January 2016. She characterized the doping as unintentional.
Back in June, Sharapova said she would appeal the suspension to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, calling the two-year suspension “unfairly harsh.”
On Tuesday, the arbitration panel said Sharapova "bore some degree of fault" for the positive test "for which a sanction of 15 months is appropriate."
Her ban took effect retroactively on Jan. 26.
A for effort?
Nothing like a fun, casual game of paintball, right? Well, that's what our volunteers thought, too... until we told them they they'd be playing against professionals:
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Our four semi-experienced paintballers were feeling pretty good (before we told them who their opponents were). Some had played paintball for a couple years...
...while others did the majority of their research on YouTube.
Facing the regular people crew would be four professional paintballers who called themselves the "LA Hit Men," which just... isn't intimidating at all.
“I didn’t stay there,” Gonzalez confirmed. “I had my reasons.”
Adrian Gonzalez, first baseman for the LA Dodgers, refused to stay at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Chicago when the team faced off against the Cubs back in May.
While the rest of the team stayed at the Trump hotel, Gonzalez made accommodations elsewhere.
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According to JP Hoornstra of the Long Beach Press-Telegram, Gonzalez had little to say about the matter: "I didn't stay there," he confirmed. "I had my reasons."
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When pressed to specify his reasons for not staying, Gonzalez "smiled" and simply replied, "We’re here to play baseball not talk politics."
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The 34-year-old first baseman was born in San Diego, and grew up in Tijuana, Mexico, where he learned to play baseball.
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Trevor Bauer returned to the field Monday night but left at the bottom of the first inning after his drone-injured pinky began bleeding all over the mound.
There are many ways you can get injured as a professional athlete, but a drone injury is usually not one of them. But for Trevor Bauer, a starting pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, it was, and he had to sit out Game 2 of the American League Championship Series on Saturday because of a badly cut pinky finer.
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"I'm a big nerd," Bauer said at the press conference. "And I like 'Star Wars.' A lot," he continued.
He then went on to explain how the injury happened.
"So I plugged it in, like I've done thousands and thousands of times, and for whatever reason it was sitting like this, I was plugging the battery in and my finger happened to be right here, and for whatever reason these three propellers didn't spin like they were supposed to and this one spun up at max throttle. It never happened to me before. I have no idea why it happened. And my finger just happened to be in the way of the prop and it cut me."
The Dude abides.
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers showed up to last night's post-game press conference in a sweater than looks suspiciously like another famous cardigan.
The struggling Green Bay Packers beat the Chicago Bears, but the best moment of the night came after the game.
It's basically the exact same sweater that The Dude wears in The Big Lebowski.
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Jerick McKinnon is a 24-year-old running back for the Minnesota Vikings.
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During a warm-up session before Sunday's game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Philly, McKinnon took to the field wearing some seriously amazing cleats.
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That's right: His shoes paid tribute to Harambe, the gorilla who died at a Cincinnati zoo, only to become become an internet legend.
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Just look at that detail.
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Moral of the story? It’s hard AF.
Seeing as how Usain Bolt is the fastest man in the world, we had the Olympic gold medalist surprise BuzzFeed employees at our LA office and challenge them to beat his best time.
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Just how fast is that, you ask? Oh, ya know — just a 100 meter sprint in 9.58 seconds or less.
The Puma ambassador's best time dates back to his 2009 race in Berlin.
Before the race, Usain gave the group of very stunned staffers a few pro tips:
1. Arm action is key. You gotta work those arms.
2. You gotta stay focused on the golden end.
3. Try and beat [his] record, which wont happen.
First up was Liz, who was feeling a bit of pressure but was up for the task:
Unfortunately for her, 23 seconds just wasn't quick enough to beat Usain's fastest time.
He’s definitely a Gryffindor.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman showed up to a press conference Wednesday night in full Harry Potter garb, answering questions as Harry Potter.
The press conference took place in advance of the Seahawks' game against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.
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Sherman said his young son Rayden asked him to dress up as Harry.
"This is a serious occasion! My son told me he wanted me to wear something, so it's happening."
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Sherman's love of Harry Potter is well-documented. Here he is wearing a Hogwarts School shirt back in August.
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A question to end all questions.
Luckily, we had gold medalist Chris Mears coaching us along the way!
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Let's face it, diving is one of the COOLEST sports to watch during the Olympics. That's because the best of the best, like British gold medalist Chris Mears, make jumping off 3m boards (all while twisting and flipping) look downright easy. But how would non-athletes fare if given the same opportunity?
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Luckily for us, Chris was willing to give us the pointers as to how to perfect our diving form...but it was up to us to stick the dives. We found out pretty quickly that jumping into diving is not that easy:
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The Chicago Cubs clawed their way back from the improbable and beat the Cleveland Indians Tuesday in enemy territory, forcing a final Game 7 showdown of the World Series.
Only five other teams in more than 100 years have done what the Cubs are trying to accomplish — come back to win the Major League Baseball title after falling behind 3-1 in the series.
The Cubs seemed determined to force a do-or-die Game 7, hitting a grand slam and two homeruns to put nine runs in the scoreboard - the most they've scored in the entire series.
But if they are to accomplish the feat, Chicago will have to do it in the Indians’ home turf of Progressive Field Wednesday night.
The Cubs got off to an early start in the first inning with third-baseman Kris Bryant hitting a solo homer with two outs.
The Cubs kept up the assault, scoring two more runs when the Indians’ outfield let a pop fly fall in right-center field.
Chicago then took command of the scoreboard in the third, when shortstop Addison Russell hit a grand slam, giving Chicago a 7-0 lead.
The Indians hit back with runs in the fourth and fifth, but were unable to catch up.
Cubs' first baseman Anthony Rizzo put the game just out of reach for the Indians, hitting a two-run homer in the eighth for Chicago's 9-3 victory.
Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis hits a home run in the fifth inning of Game 6.
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It's been decades since either team has been able to bring a championship title home: the Indians last won the World Series in 1948; the Cubs in 1908.
Whoever wins, they will have to wait one more game before claiming the title.
Although the Cubs led the league with 103 wins during the regular season, the Indians' bullpen seemed to hold the upper hand for most of the series, keeping Chicago scoreless twice.
The last time a team successfully came back from a 3-1 deficit was in 1985, when the Kansas City Royals won the last three games of the series against the St. Louis Cardinals to clench the title.
Now the Cubs are fighting to become the sixth to accomplish the feat.
Game 7 starts at 8 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday.